Peter Mulvey is a veteran singer and songwriter from
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career on the streets of
Dublin, Ireland, as a busker, and from there moved on to
performing in the subways and streets of Boston,
Massachusetts. This led to his first record deal and a leap to
full-time national and international touring, beginning in the early
Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world.
Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records,
spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana.
A long-standing gig at the National Youth Science Camp led to
a spoken word piece, “Vlad the Astrophysicist”, which became a
TEDx talk, and then an illustrated book. In 2007 he began an
annual late summer tour by bicycle instead of by car and
airplane- the 10th annual bicycle tour will happen this
September. He has taught songwriting and guitar workshops at
the Swannanoa Gathering and at various folk festivals across
In 2015, “Take Down Your Flag”, his song about the victims of
the shooting at the AME Emanuel Church in Charleston,
reached 200,000 people when many songwriters, including Ani
DiFranco, Anais Mitchell, Keb’ Mo, Paula Cole, & Jeff Daniels,
re-wrote the middle verse and posted their own videos of the
song. This movement led to an online benefit concert, and a
deepening of the friendship between Mulvey and DiFranco.
Early in 2016 DiFranco produced “Are You Listening?”, Peter
Mulvey’s 17th record, which will be released March 24th on
Righteous Babe Records.
Mulvey continues to tour, playing over a hundred shows a year
as he has for the past twenty five years. This is the core of what
he does: music, in a room, performed for a live audience.
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